APRIL REVIEW

Our team has made a very bright start to the new season with 12 winners in April, including at Listed level.

Bellum Justum seemingly had a tough task on official ratings for his reappearance in this Listed Blue Riband Trial at Epsom but the son of Sea The Stars, a winner of a Newmarket maiden last September, picked up where he left off and produced a fine performance to beat a good field in the hands of Oisin Murphy.  All being well it would be fantastic to see him back at Epsom on 1st June for the Derby.

First and second on her two All-Weather outings this year, Kalpana looked a really exciting filly in the making when bolting up by 10 lengths under Ryan Moore on her turf/handicap debut at Newmarket’s Craven meeting.  She could go for the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes back at Newmarket next, whilst she also holds a Ribblesdale entry.

Dambuster had won on his debut at two before a tilt at the Zetland Stakes on his second and final start last term.  Gelded in the autumn, he returned to action with a very pleasing win at Beverley under Oisin Murphy, quickening well to pick up the eventual runner-up.  He rates a smart prospect, as does Portsmouth, who was another to win on his reappearance, having been gelded late last year.  He ran right away with a competitive-looking handicap at Epsom and a 7lbs rise looks fair given the manner of victory.  His half-sister Totnes won four times for us last year, so hopefully he can follow suit!

The impeccably-bred Run Away made the perfect start to her career with a win at Yarmouth under Oisin Murphy, displaying an excellent attitude in the process.  A sister to the top-class, dual Group 1 winner Blackbeard, she is a very exciting prospect for the season ahead.  Dance And Romance was another to get off the mark at the first time of asking, the daughter of Starspangledbanner out of Listed winner Permission showing plenty of promise when scoring at Southwell under David Probert.

Equity Law had run well in defeat on his final start at two, after which he was gelded.  Perhaps unsuited by heavy ground on his return to action at the start of the month, he returned to winning ways with a ready success at Sandown Park under Oisin Murphy.  From a family we know well, he looks sure to continue to progress this term, as does Cynosure, who was another to make a winning reappearance on his first start since being gelded, winning at Lingfield Park under Kevin Stott.   He still looks a work in progress and can make up into a useful handicapper this term.

Contacto had shown ability in his qualifying runs in maiden/novice company, but took a significant step forward on handicap debut at Doncaster on his second start of the campaign, drawing clear in the final furlong to win by seven lengths under David Probert.  A 9lbs rise is fair and there should be plenty more to come from him.  Another on the up is Celtic Warrior, who made it fifth time lucky when successful at Kempton Park, a deserved success after a narrow defeat on his reappearance.

Capo Vaticano showed a professional attitude to make a winning debut under Rob Hornby and she looks sure to build on that, while Purefoy made his first start of 2024 a winning one with a ready success in handicap company at Lingfield Park for Oisin Murphy, winning with plenty to spare.  A 7lbs rise is not insurmountable and he could go for a handicap on Guineas weekend next.